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What causes renal cell carcinoma?

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Scientists aren’t sure exactly what causes renal cell carcinoma. They know that most kidney cancers start when something goes wrong in the genes in the kidney. No one can say for certain why that happens.

From: Renal Cell Carcinoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Kidney Cancer (Adult) - Renal Cell Carcinoma."

Medscape: "Renal Cell Carcinoma."

The Merck Manual: "Renal Cell Carcinoma."

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Renal Cell Cancer;" "Renal Cell Cancer Treatment (PDQ®);" and "Renal Cell Cancer."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 21, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Kidney Cancer (Adult) - Renal Cell Carcinoma."

Medscape: "Renal Cell Carcinoma."

The Merck Manual: "Renal Cell Carcinoma."

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Renal Cell Cancer;" "Renal Cell Cancer Treatment (PDQ®);" and "Renal Cell Cancer."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 21, 2018

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